September 26, 2016

Holiness to the Lord, The House of the Lord

 

Well this week has, as usual, gone by very quickly. Notably first, we went to the temple on Thursday with a group of missionaries hitting their halfway mark. That was, of course, totally awesome. I was able to perform work for quite a few of our deceased ancestors which was super neat. I love the feeling that comes with the Temple.

 

Other than the temple we were able to visit a lot of people, which was great! Mike is doing awesome, he’s fully on track to get baptized in October, and loves the church! We consistently are amazed by the Spirit of the Lord and the power that it has within people’s hearts. We have especially noticed that power this week, through all of our lessons. Every time we walked out of a lesson, Elder LaRose and I could not believe the feelings from that lesson. Having the spirit really allows us to be bold with the people we are teaching, and we continue to see the joy that comes from the Gospel entering people’s lives. I really do not have words to describe the feelings that come with bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I love this opportunity I have to be hear doing this. It dawned on Elder LaRose and I that we have only about 10 months left and we had a moment of oh crap, we still have so much more to become, thats not long enough.

 

It’s a good thing the Lord has a plan for each of us, and prepares a way for us to do what we need to. I came across 1 Nephi 9:6 this week that reads, “But the Lord knoweth all things from the beginning; wherefore, he prepareth a way to accomplish all his works among the children on men; for behold he hath all power into the fulfilling of all his works. And thus it is. Amen.”

 

The Lord has a plan in all things and prepares a way to accomplish such plans for us. He is building His kingdom and we are here to assist in any way possible to help accomplish His work: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

 

I think, in order to do this for others, we must first do it for ourselves and get ourselves rollin on the right path. Then we can share our experiences with others and help them realize the joy. Something I’ve come to realize recently is how counterintuitive life can be. We all have full plates as is. Between work, hobbies, family and everything else life brings along, we are naturally very busy people in this day and age. There are always gonna be more things to do and we will always be busy, so how could we possibly add the things the Lord supposedly wants us to do like take time from the day to pray, read scriptures, attend church on Sundays but also be actively involved in activities and such throughout the week? How could He possibly? I remember the time I have spent with my family putting together puzzles. The typical method for building a puzzle of any complexity is to start with the border, the edges. The only thing that makes them different is having a straight edge on one side (or two sides for the special corner pieces). Without the border first being done, the rest would not fall into place very well. However, with the structure given by the border, the rest seems to end up working out and before you know it the puzzle is complete and you see a beautiful picture.

I think those straight edge pieces, that give structure and act as guides, are the things the Lord asks us to do; like reading our scriptures, praying, going to church, holding family home evening etc. Once we do those things, the rest of our crazy lives will fall into place in such a way that seemed impossible from the start. We so often see those border pieces as the pieces that turn a 400 piece puzzle into a 500 piece, as opposed to the 100 pieces that make the other 400 pieces worth something. It is counterintuitive that adding 100 pieces actually makes it easier, but that’s only because we don’t look at them as the guidance that they bring for the following 400.

 

I hope the thoughts of my scrambled brain have made atleast a little sense. If nothing else, know I love you all, the Lord loves you all, and if you do what he asks of you he will make the rest workout how it needs to.

 

Elder Stark

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